The Control Room—This features a newly installed Avid ProTools 11 HDX-2 system, including a loaded Mac Pro, Avid HD and Apogee Symphony interfaces and much added software including the UAD Omni package and many virtual instruments. The console is the Solid State Logic AWS 900, with SSL’s SE & V4 Software Upgrade newly installed to bring it up to current specifications. Monitors are by Genelec, Tannoy, and Yamaha, with Event, Adam, JBL and Auratone available. Outboard gear includes API, Manley, Chandler, Empirical Labs, TC Electronics, Lexicon, Millennia, dbx, Great River, Yamaha and more. A Korg Kronos X-88 synthesizer workstation is used for both its sounds and as a keyboard controller, and a Roland Integra-7 sound module leads an array of available hardware synthesizers and samplers. The Control Room has views into the Studio, the “Trident Room“ and an Isolation Room. Patchbay is Neutrik with Mogami wiring. A Korg MR200 1-Bit digital recorder is the primary destination media when mixing “outside the box”. An Otari MX-80 2” 24-Track tape machine is used for analog recording, with DAT and ADAT for digital tape use and archival purposes.
The Trident Room—This is a second control room and music production space, adjacent to The Control Room. It features a ProTools 11 HD3 system with Digidesign and Apogee Rosetta interfaces, added software and virtual instruments. An Avid Artist Control and two Artist Mix control surfaces interface with this ProTools system. Featured in The Trident Room is its namesake, a restored Trident Series 65 console. Monitors are EV, with other speakers available. Tielines connect to The Control Room, various outboard processors are available, and a Korg MR2000, an Alesis Masterlink and DAT machines are used for mixing “outside the box”. Many vintage musical instruments are present, including a Minimoog, ARP Odyssey, Akai MPC2000, and an Emulator E-II (with 100’s of discs!). The patchbay in The Trident Room is brand-new: Neutrik patchbays and connectors with Mogami wiring throughout. A second ProTools system with 32 channels using an Apogee Symphony interface and a Avid/Euphonix Artist Control is also available (see “The Nomad” below for more details)
The Band Room—This is an asymmetrical room with a high slanted ceiling, and large enough to accommodate up to 60 musicians. There are 32 mic inputs and 14 individual headphone sends available; typically Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones with Presonus HP4 headphone amplifiers are utilized for headphones. Neutrik jacks and Mogami cabling are used for all mic and headphone runs. Musical instruments and equipment include a Yamaha drumset, Kawai 6’ grand piano, Fender Rhodes Suitcase electric piano, Rogers digital pipe organ, and guitar and bass amplifiers. Orchestral percussion instruments can be requested for session use. The Band Room has a fairly tight reverb time, has some diffusers and absorbers, and has Duvateen curtains on 2 walls for adjustable acoustics. We have 3 Clearsonics acrylic panels for partitioning and isolating sound sources. Being a college, there are enough music stands and chairs for even the largest orchestral or big band configurations!
The Nomad—Portable and totally self-contained, "The Nomad" is a ProTools-based recording system. It resides in The Trident Room and can be used in there instead of the installed equipment, but loves traveling to wherever it is needed! The entire setup listed here fits onto a roll-around equipment desk and can be easily moved to another room (such as the studio or the nearby Recital Hall) for student and session use. Two Dangerous Music 2-Bus 16x2 Summing Devices combine up to 32 interface/audio outputs of ProTools to a single stereo output. This output can then be fed to inputs of the Alesis Masterlink in the setup, or our Korg MR2000 1-Bit Digital Recorder can be brought in as an alternative 2-track recorder. The Nomad also has a pair of new Adam F5 self-powered monitors, which can be substituted with one of our other sets of near-field speakers. Signal routing for all of this, to provide monitor sends and communications to artist’s headphones, handle additional audio sources and so on is managed by a Presonus Monitor Station. The ProTools system also features an Avid Artist Control. The Artist Control is a hardware controller for ProTools with 4-faders, touch-screen, buttons and scrub-wheel, and uses Ethernet protocol for high-speed data transmission. (For details of the Artist Control please visit www.avid.com/us/products/artist-control). An Apogee Symphony I/O is used for this system. A Focusrite OctoPre MKII 8-channel preamplifier is used for mic or line input signals, and has both analog and digital outputs. ProTools Plugins include all present with the PT9 package, plus Native Instrument’s Komplete 9 Ultimate, NI’s Maschine, and Sonik Synth II. (Of course, software and plugins are updated on an ongoing basis).
The Mac Pro for this system is currently a Quad-Core with 2.66 GHz processors and 6 GB RAM.
The Lab Room— The Lab has three iMac-based systems. All are identical regarding their ProTools versions and plugins, which include Komplete 9 Ultimate and other virtual instruments. Two of these systems have M-Audio Firewire keyboards/controllers/interfaces; the third uses an Avid Artist Control for ProTools. Besides being used during classes, the Lab is available for independent student practice.
The Isolation Room— To the right of and viewable from the Control Room, the Iso Room is large enough comfortably accommodate a drumset. It is acoustically “neutral”, and has 3 mic inputs and one headphone send.
The Recital Hall— Across the hallway from the recording studio area is the Recital Hall, which has mic and line sends to the Control Room. Live concerts can be recorded directly in the Control Room, and the Steinway Model B 7’ grand piano in the Recital Hall is available upon request for session recordings.
Microphones— CSN’s constantly growing selection of microphones includes models by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Royer, Audio-Technica, Peluso, Microtech Gefell, Beyer, Earthworks, Lauten, Sennheiser, Shure and more. Radial, Sescom, and ProCo Sound are among the DI boxes available. A complete CSN Audio Recording Microphone and DI Box List is available.
Miscellaneous— Sound Ideas “The General” and a BBC CD library are used for sound effects. We also have a production music collection for commercial-oriented experience in editing and mixing. Our Cloud microphone Cloudlifters can be used if desired to boost low-level microphone signals. sE Electronics Reflexion Filters and Sterling Mic Shields are available when some control of acoustical reflections is preferred, and pop screens are by Royer, Stedman and various other manufacturers. Internet access and connection to a printer is available in both the Control Room and the Trident Room. We use YouSendit for immediate sending of audio files via the Internet. The Control Room has a second Mac, for use besides recording.